We have just had a great long weekend island hopping and fishing with Tim and his partner Janine, the owner of a Glasgow heating engineering company called Paisley Boiler Installations. (https://paisleyboilerinstallations.co.uk/) A lovely couple, we were blessed with such good company for the last 4 days. Tim is a great fisherman…. though this was the first time that he and his girlfriend Janine had been on a yacht. But they have both now found their sea legs!
We started the trip when Tim and Janine joined us on board in Largs on Thursday. On the first day we had a short sail over to Kingarth on the Isle of Bute. Friday saw us reach Lochranza in Arran, Saturday we fished and set anchor off the beautiful beaches down the coast from Cambeltown and Sunday we spent the day fishing and sailing back to Largs with an afternoon stopover on the Island of Millport.
As is the aim for our time in the UK we got to know as much as possible about our guests profession and business as possible. Where we are from in Gibraltar there is little need for gas central heating but Tim’s company is one of the many in the UK that keeps UK homes warm with hot water available at the turn of a tap. Tim runs a company of heating and gas engineers that specializes in the installation or replacement of gas boiler and central heating systems for homes and businesses. With 5 vans on the road and 5 full time engineers as well as 3 apprentices and 7 part time contractors he is one of the better sized companies in Paisley and Glasgow as a whole.
Central heating on the good ship Carrabell is quite different ……… usually there is none! 🙂 But when we are caught in colder waters there’s small heater powered by a gas bottle.
Combination hot water and central heating boilers are certainly not something we are used to! The summer, Tim tells us, is the quietest time of year for boiler installation and repair work hence the trip away with us as he takes advantage of a little down time!
Yachts more used to colder climates (and more recently built) than the Carrabelle can have significantly better heating right down to a heated wheel! While you have to get to a significant size of boat to warrant warm showers it’s a lot like camping in a van that floats on the water. You can get some very fancy camper vans …. but they cost a lot!
Tim has grown his business over the last 7 years following more than 20 years working as a regional manager for Scottish Gas home installations. Janice actually works in the business as well and she now covers most of the bookings, marketing and customer followups. Tim takes care of the installation teams and when a larger commercial heating job comes up he gets back on the tools as he is one of the two engineers in the company who holds the required commercial ticket to work on larger boilers and heating systems.
In our short 4 day trip we were blessed with fine weather and didn’t have to switch on the trusty gas fire even once! 1 bottle of whisky, 1 dogfish, 2 flounder and a dab caught, drunk and eaten. 2 beach walks exploring the stunning coast and 2 very happy guests!
I hope you fancy another trip sometime guys! You would be most welcome to return!
Lots of love from the Carrabelle.